The first day of winter definitely was not frightful.
The weather outside was delightful today with spring-like temperatures that are expected to last up until Christmas Eve.
Thawing the snow from a storm that hit the area with upwards of 8 inches on Tuesday, Boston and the rest of southern New England is expected to continue its unseasonably mild temperatures of 50 degrees or warmer for a few days, according to the National Weather Service.
The city hit a high of 54 degrees in Boston today, with the same expected Sunday and around 50 degrees expected Monday.
Today’s high temperature broke no records but it was still much warmer than usual, said Frank Nocera, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton.
“It is well above normal,” Nocera said. “The normal high should be about 39 degrees.”
The Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter, occurred at 12:11 p.m. on the East Coast today. The record high temperature for the Winter Solstice in Boston was set in 1957 at 62 degrees, he said.
Although record highs were not broken today, there’s a chance that could happen Sunday, but not in Boston. Springfield, Providence, and Hartford, Conn. all have a shot.
Fog is expected to move in tonight and should last into the morning hours.
“There will be some patchy fog tonight and tomorrow morning,” said Nocera. “It’ll probably burn off by midday tomorrow.”
The comfortable temperatures will not last, however. A cold front will rapidly move in on Tuesday, he said.
Temperatures will begin to dip Monday night, blustery winds will cut through the region and by Christmas Eve, morning temperatures should have dropped to 34 degrees. Christmas Eve night is expected to drop as low as 17.
Christmas morning will be even colder with temperatures in the teens but wind chill making it feel like it’s in single digits.
“On Christmas morning it’ll probably feel about 5 above zero [degrees],” said Nocera. “The actual air temperature will be about 15.”
The high for Wednesday is expected to be 25 degrees but with less wind.
Boston is not likely to be getting the white Christmas some hoped for during last Tuesday’s heavy snowfall.
The city could see brief flurries Monday night as the temperatures fall but there is little chance of accumulation.
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